As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams

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Melody - "Spohr", Louis Spohr, 1835; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady, 1696

Original:
Like as the hart doth breathe and bray,
The well-springs to obtain,
So doth my soul desire alway
With Thee, Lord, to remain.

1a. As pants the hart for cooling streams
When heated in the chase,
So longs my soul, O God, for Thee
And Thy refreshing grace.

2. For Thee, my God, the living God,
My thirsty soul doth pine;
Oh, when shall I behold Thy face,
Thou Majesty Divine?

3. Why restless, why cast down, my soul?
Hope still; and thou shalt sing
The praise of Him who is thy God,
Thy health's eternal Spring.

4. To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom we adore,
Be glory as it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.


1a. as modified for the Lutheran Hymnal. This hymn is taken from the 48 lines of verse of the original.

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